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Express train trial bid

COMPLAINTS about train timetables has prompted Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou to call for a trial of express train services from Granville, Auburn and Lidcombe stations.

He said changes to train routes as part of the State Government’s ‘More Trains, More Services’ program, ultimately cut the number of express train services stopping at the three stations and wrote to Transport Minister Andrew Constance last month proposing an express train trial.
“The trial can rely on existing infrastructure and make it easier for our community to travel to work and spend more time with their families,” he said.
“As Greater Sydney works its way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, I believe that now is a good opportunity to review the train timetable to better meet the needs of our community.
“We look forward to working with the NSW Government to progress work on a trial of express train services at key locations.”
Also continuing her lobbying to reverse both the 2013 timetable cuts and a 2018 decision to take Granville off the Western Line, State MP for Granville, Julia Finn, says it is “incredibly disappointing” that the State Government had failed to deliver on last year’s election promise to reinstate express trains, “at the same time as they are doubling the population in the suburb”.
“One of the reasons why they thought that Granville could take this additional high rise right next to the station was because of the train services, because there was a major interchange, which they then downgraded,” she said.
“When I used to work right near Town Hall, I could catch a 28-minute service and now it’s 43 minutes.”